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Fitness & Health

05th Jul 2018

Detox teas have absolutely no benefit, science says

'Magic' teas that claim to burn body fat are ineffective. Lose weight the right way

Alex Roberts

New supplements crop up all the time, with detox teas a particular favourite nowadays

Take one glance at TV or social media and chances are you’ll stumble across detox teas that claim to rid your body of ‘harmful toxins’ and promote rapid weight loss.

Despite the hype, they are ineffective – so says research published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements.

For a month, scientists had 22 people take either a detox supplement or placebo. Even though the supps claim to boost fat loss and enhance your overall health, this didn’t occur.

The study didn’t find any significant risks involved with taking a detox supplement, but also found no real benefits either.

There was no improvement in body fat levels, waist circumference or gastrointestinal problems in those that took detox supplements. You’re far better off saving your money.

It’s also worth understanding your biology.

Your kidneys, liver, lungs – even skin – help to remove toxins from the body. If you couldn’t detoxify naturally, you would probably be dead or at least hooked up to a life-support machine.

Instead of wasting your hard-earned cash on these ineffective detox teas, dedicate your time to tracking your food intake.

Monitoring how many calories you consume and the macros you’re taking in (level of protein, carbs and fat) will do much more for shedding stubborn body fat.

The literal definition of a supplement is ‘to add to something else in order to enhance it’. If your existing workout and nutrition plan are sub-standard, your results will be.

For a no-BS approach to fat loss, read the first volume in JOE’s Ditch the Dad Bod series.

Ensure you pick the supps that work, too. Not all are created equal.

For example, whey protein is very high in leucine, a potent amino acid that belongs to the BCAA group. BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) form the building blocks of muscle.

Caffeine is also crucial, and as much as 350mg per day can work.

Whether you get your fix from a coffee or pre-workout, caffeine makes your brain perceive heavy weights and difficult training to be easier than you think. That way, you can work out harder, and for longer.